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Letter from John Calvin to Guillaume Farel

Among many exceptional documents, the MIR presents this important letter in Latin, written by Calvin in Strasburg and addressed to Guillaume Farel on July 14th, 1545. Calvin asks Farel to agree to join the service of the Church of Geneva, to relieve him from part of his important workload and allow him to find time to write.

He then mentions an intervention made in Bern on behalf of the Waldensians of Provence, the latter having been pursued and persecuted in Mérindol and Cabrières in April of the same year. Finally, Calvin mentioned the purchase of a silk coat for Farel’s brother.

In the postscript, he also mentions the preparation of an indictment against Pierre Caroli (1480 – after 1545). The latter had accused Farel and Calvin of Arianism and had attacked them in a recently published work. In August 1545, Calvin responded to this attack in a “Defence of Farel and his colleagues against the slanders of Pierre Caroli”.

 

John Calvin (1509-1564), Letter to Guillaume Farel, Strasbourg, July 14, 1545.
©Musée historique de la Réformation, Geneva, exhibited at the MIR, Geneva.